Denver – Slow starts continued to doom the Johnson & Wales University men's soccer team in a 3-1 loss to St. Thomas on Friday at Aurora Sports Park.
The visiting Celts (2-2-0) scored in the 7th minute on an unassisted goal by Andy Garcia to establish control, forcing the Wildcats (0-4-1) to play from behind in a non-league matchup between the two newest members of the SCAC.
After a fairly even first 45 minutes in which the Celts totaled six shots and the Wildcats four, St. Thomas pulled away with two more scores from Carlos Marquez to build a 3-0 lead. Marquez's first goal came in the 53rd minute, assisted by Heiko Leinweber, before Marquez converted a penalty kick in the 79th minute after JWU goalkeeper Erick Torres receieved a red card.
JWU returns to ASP Sunday for another non-conference match against league foe Centenary (1 p.m.).